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The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) received an early 20th anniversary gift in 2017 with news that the nonprofit organization will be the recipient of an $8 million bequest from the trust of the late Mary Janvrin. Ms. Janvrin and her pre-deceased sister Natalie Janvrin Wiggins lived quiet lives in Old Lyme. They shared a life-long love of all nature, particularly birds, as well as the arts and history.  Mary later resided in Chester and continued to enjoy the beauty of the region until her passing in September 2016.  At that time her trust set into motion the establishment…

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Second-Chance Careers for Our Four-Footed Friends Forever In My Heart Foundation Project Fund Each year 22% of shelter dogs are euthanized in the United States. That’s over 1 million dogs. What if we could help reduce those numbers by training dogs for second-chance careers, helping armed service veterans in need? Mira Alicki and her friends decided their love of dogs and their desire to help could do just that. The Forever In My Heart Foundation (FIMH) was founded to make an impact in the lives of abandoned and neglected dogs as well as veterans in our community. Working with experienced,…

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A new Fund has been established at the Community Foundation. The news was greeted by woofs, chirps, peeps, clucks, meows, gobbles, (and more)! In 2008, a family of animal lovers established ARF, Animals: Respect Friendship, an endowed, community based Fund dedicated to helping animals and their human friends in Middlesex County. This family believes that we have a strong responsibility and obligation to preserve the basic dignity that comes with sharing the world with all living creatures. They also believe that pets, in particular, provide unqualified love, true companionship and, in some cases, essential services to the disabled, elderly and…

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